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Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Game Boy Advance)

A worthy successor

The Mario vs. Donkey Kong series has been going for quite a while now, with four entries under its belt. If you've never played the original, you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's not much more than a fun Lemmings clone, but that's actually not true. In fact, Mario vs. Donkey Kong is closer to the Game Boy version of Donkey...

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Oh, Kirby, you blowhard...

We have to hand this much to Kirby & The Amazing Mirror: it certainly isn't afraid of trying new things. We might not be totally convinced of the necessity of those things, of course, but it's always nice to see a series attempt to expand its boundaries somewhat. The story forges no new ground whatsoever, though, as...

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Wario Land 4 (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

A treasure

Wario is pretty good, for a bad guy. To look at him you wouldn’t think he’d have a heroic streak at all; he’s got the squiggly moustache of a pantomime villain and a nose that would put any alcoholic to shame. Despite all this he’s secretly a sweetheart: considering that the rotund treasure hunter started life as an antagonist to...

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Gotta go fast

F-Zero has always been Nintendo’s way of flaunting how on the cutting-edge of technology it can be when it so chooses. Like a bat out of Hell, the original F-Zero launched alongside the Super NES to draw a clear distinction between where 16-bit Nintendid and SEGagged. Later on N64, F-Zero X boasted 30 on-screen polygonal racers and...

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)

Short circuit

It’s hard to believe that the Mario Kart franchise has been around for nearly 20 years and appeared on eight different consoles. Mario Kart: Super Circuit may have been first released in 2001, but now it’s back for a whole new generation of players ten years after release through the 3DS Ambassador program. There are four cups to...

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Metroid Fusion (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Like cold fusion, only cooler

Metroid Fusion slipped out of the airlock between two behemoths, simultaneously having to live up to the legacy of its predecessor Super Metroid, which is a big Power Suit to fill, and keep the advancing Metroid Prime at arm cannon's length. It would have been easy for Fusion to have become lost in the vacuum created by...

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (3DS eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Small but mighty

Those poor Hylians just can't have any fun, can they? Just when everything seems to be all well and good, some creep with bad skin comes along, unleashes a whirlwind of evil and shrouds the land in darkness. It's tough for us to feel too bad for them, though. Because as history has shown, bad news for Hyrule means great news for...

Mario Pinball Land (Game Boy Advance)

Mario Pinball Land (Game Boy Advance)

A flipping good time?

Our beloved hero Mario has starred in a multitude of sports throughout his long career: golf, tennis, hockey, soccer, basketball, go-karts, etc. It seems there’s hardly anything the famous plumber can’t do — even going so far as winning a gold medal at the Olympics against his long-time rival, Sonic the Hedgehog. Nintendo...

Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Spin-tendo

One of the few good things about being old is that sometimes you can glean satisfaction from being in the right place at the right time, where you were lucky enough to have first-hand experience of something special. Nostalgia is the bread-and-butter of retro gaming and throughout its history there will always be moments that stick in a...

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (Game Boy Advance)

Super Street Fighter II: Turbo Revival (Game Boy Advance)

A fun but flawed port

1991's Street Fighter II is a game that got people very excited and led to a surge of interest in the fighting genre. It's also a game that got updated a lot — new moves, new characters, new speeds... — while also being ported to numerous home consoles and computers. When the 10th anniversary year arrived Capcom decided it was the Game Boy Advance's turn to get a version..

Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance)

Fire Emblem (Game Boy Advance)

Will this get our seal of approval?

Released on the Famicom in 1990, the Japan-only Fire Emblem was a slice of strategy role playing heaven, but despite building up a loyal army of followers in its native Japan the series didn’t make it over to the Western world until Fire Emblem for the Game Boy Advance took up the sword in 2003. By this time the...

Silent Hill Play Novel (Game Boy Advance)

Silent Hill Play Novel (Game Boy Advance)

Choose your own survival horror

A popular release for the Playstation in 1999, Silent Hill saw players take control of Harry Mason – following a car accident, he awakens to find that his daughter, Cheryl, has disappeared. Naturally, Harry sets off to find her, but it soon becomes apparent that there's something strange about the surrounding town. This is also the set-up here, but as the name..

Pokémon Emerald (Game Boy Advance)

Pokémon Emerald (Game Boy Advance)

Some things, it seems, never change

In Japan in 1996 a craze started; by the turn of the century, it had worked its way around the world capturing the hearts and minds of gamers as easily as a level 3 Rattata is caught in a Master Ball. That craze was Pokémon: Nintendo’s pocket monster catching/training/battling powerhouse. The two Game Boy...

Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

From zero to hero

First things first, Metroid: Zero Mission is not a straight remake of the original NES Metroid with GBA quality graphics. It's a complete retelling and retooling of Samus' first 2D space adventure, including remixed areas, new power-ups and over a decade of refinements added to the formula. Nintendo has freshened the experience...

Atari Anniversary Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Atari Anniversary Advance (Game Boy Advance)

A nice sampler of classic greatness

When you open the arcade gaming history books to the early years, they should feature the name "Atari" in big, bold letters. Though strongly associated with home consoles in later years, Nolan Bushnell started this gaming empire in the arcades with games like Pong and Breakout (the assembly of the latter...

Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Super Mario Bros. 2: Ultimate Edition

It was certainly an odd choice of launch title way back in 2001 when the Game Boy Advance was released, with Nintendo choosing to launch it with a remake of a NES game that wasn't originally even intended to be a Mario game in the first place, with the original Mario Bros. tacked on. Nonetheless, people who...

Jet Grind Radio (Game Boy Advance)

Jet Grind Radio (Game Boy Advance)

Funk on wheels

Sega's Dreamcast died in an explosion that sent the company's intellectual property flying all over what was left of the gaming landscape, and few consoles of that generation received more surprise ports than the Game Boy Advance. Not only did it see Sonic return to his former 2D self in the Sonic Advance series, the handheld also landed ports of the frenetic ChuChu Rocket!, the..

Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (Game Boy Advance)

Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (Game Boy Advance)

Turds in space

We can only imagine what mind-numbingly stupid things people were thinking during the pitch for Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon. We suspect it started out with noble intentions: the Rogue Squadron games were well received, and crazier games had successfully made the leap to the Gameboy Advance. Why not put the Millennium Falcon at the...

ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance)

ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance)

The ultimate game of space cat and mouse

Around the turn of the millennium, Sega wasn’t doing so hot. Their much-beloved Dreamcast failed to ignite the sales charts despite being home to a plethora of fantastic new and original games as well as nigh-perfect (in some cases, improved) home conversions of arcade hits. It was with a heavy heart that...

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Street Fighter returns! Bigger and better!

Three years after porting the first Street Fighter Alpha to the Game Boy Color, Crawfish Interactive tried something a bit more ambitious, this time for the more powerful Game Boy Advance. The decision was made to skip Alpha 2 and instead port the third game of the series. Street Fighter Alpha 3 had arrived in arcades in 1998, with home versions following..